Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Image Caption: Image of a person with their head in their hands alongside the National LGBTQ Task Force logo and information about the #MentalHealthMonth TwitterStorm.
Image Credit: The National LGBTQ Task Force
Please join us & @thetaskforce on for an LGBTQ #MentalHealthMonth Twitter Storm!
#Bi+ women report staggeringly high rates of depression, anxiety, and traumatic distress #MentalHealthMonth [attach a bisexual graphic]
We need more support for and research on mental health of bi people. #MentalHealthMonth [attach a bisexual graphic]
Bi+ youth & adults have v. high risk of suicidal thoughts & attempts. #MentalHealthMonth [attach a bisexual graphic]
Nearly 25% of bisexual adults report attempting suicide. #MentalHealthMonth [attach a bisexual graphic]
Image Captions: 2 images from the Movement Advancement Project "Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans Report" that shows health disparities for bisexual people.
Image Credit: Movement Advancement Project
Image Caption: Image of hand outstretched in the rain that says "In a longitudinal study, the percentage of participants reporting suicide attempts declined in every other group of youths except the bisexual group." #bham #bihealthmonth
Image Credit: www.bihealthmonth.org
Saturday, May 21, 2016
NINTH MULTI-ARTS CELEBRATION OF BI WRITING
& FOURTH ANNUAL BISEXUAL BOOK AWARDS
WILL ENTERTAIN AUDIENCE AND HONOR AUTHORS
New York NY: The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announces its celebration of bisexual writing, which utilizes our ninth annual multi-arts reading as the entertainment program for our Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards ceremony, which takes place on Fri June 3rd.
Awards will be bestowed in nine bisexual book categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Romance, Erotic Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Memoir/Biography, Teen/Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Poetry, and two special categories: Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year. A full list of finalists can be found on our website.
According to BWA director Sheela Lambert, “the Bisexual Book Awards is the one place where authors who write bisexual characters, storylines or themes can be honored in such a variety of categories. We also reward publishers who do their utmost to publish quality books with bisexual content and support their authors. We are all about encouraging authors to write more bi-themed books, with fresh characters, settings and topics, and encouraging publishers to publish them.“ Over the 10 years that BWA has been active, there has been progress: from 10 bisexual books published in 2006 to over 100 in 2015.
“It’s our goal to keep expanding the canon of bisexual literature,” says Lambert.
Our multi-arts program preceding the awards ceremony contains readings from finalists in Memoir, Biography, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi/Mystery, Erotica, Teen/Young Adult, Fiction and Nonfiction with live music and comic book art rounding out the proceedings.
- Kate Evans / Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel
- Emily Bingham / Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham
- B.R. Sanders / Ariah
- Francis Gideon / A Winter in Rome
- Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth / Peripheral People
- Heidi Belleau & Sam Schooler / Dead Ringer
- Megan Mulry / Bound with Honor
- Erica Yang / Bad Idea
- Redfern Jon Barrett / Giddy Death of the Gays & Strange Demise of Straights
- Sheela Lambert / Bisexuality in Education edited by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
Elizabeth Beier will give a special presentation of her comic book ”Bisexual Trials & Errors.”
Live music by “Honeybird” Monique Mizrahi in-between readings will keep the audience juiced up. Host Sheela Lambert, BWA Director and editor of the multi-genre fiction anthology Best Bi Short Stories, will keep everything moving.
Our venue is the Westbeth Community Room, a popular arts venue in the West Village at 55 Bethune St., just west of Washington St., New York NY 10014. Doors open for book signings at 6:30pm, program starts at 7pm and goes to about 10:30pm, more book signings and schmoozing 10:30-11pm, after-party 11pm-1am at Malaparte Restaurant, 753 Washington St. @ Bethune-no entrance fee, cash bar/food.
Tickets $15 in advance or at the door
Seating is limited: contact us about advance tickets
Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune St. W. of Washington St., NYC
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
SEEKING PARTICIPANTS FOR RESEARCH STUDY
Are you a bisexual man between the ages of 25-40…
- Whose romantic history has involved individuals of the same and opposite sex?
- Who is currently involved in a monogamous, opposite-sex relationship with a heterosexually identified partner?
If so, you are invited to participate in a study exploring the experiences of bisexual men involved in monogamous, opposite-sex relationships. Through your involvement, you will be making a valuable contribution to the body of research specific to bisexual men and helping to promote greater visibility and understanding of bisexuality in general.
If eligible, participation will involve a 60 to 90-minute audio-taped interview with possible follow-up. Upon completion of the audio-recorded phone interview, participants will be compensated with a $10 Amazon gift card. All information will be kept completely confidential and anonymous with only the research team having access to the data. A copy of the final report describing research findings will be offered to interested participants.
Eligibility to participate will be determined based upon your responses to a brief screening survey. Not all who complete this survey will be included in the study.
Click here to access the screening survey!
This research is being conducted by Kali Rowe, MSEd, a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology Program at Fordham University. For more information about this study, please contact the principle investigator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
GLAAD, Family Equality Council and Freedom for All Americans are launching a new campaign today to encourage folks to stand with Target to kick off LGBT Pride Month on June 1 as the company continues to stand with our community.
The pledge page is here:
Please share widely and let's support this effort to send a clear message of support for Target's inclusive policies as well as send a clear message that the B supports the T!
Bi people are also trans, and/or are family or our best friends, lovers and partners.
Let's support Target in their stand for equality!
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Margaret Cho: The BiCast Interview with Lynnette McFadzen
I had the honor to interview Margaret Cho about her new album American Myth. Margaret has been a long time activist and this album covers a variety of topics including immigration, HIV/AIDS, suicide, sexual violence, sex work and family. It is a powerful tribute to her fans and she wants it to be available to everyone, so pay what you can. You can listen to the podcast here (also available in iTunes).
Photo Credit: Margaret Cho, margaretcho.com.
Photo Caption: Album cover of Margaret Cho’s American Myth with Margaret Cho in a white and red suit with black boots, lying surrounded by Anna Nicole Smith inpersonators of various genders and ethnicities.
Cho has already released four videos off the album with “Anna Nicole,” “Ron’s Got a DUI,” “Fat Pussy” and the controversial “(I Want To) Kill My Rapist.”, and plans to release more videos in the future.
“Ron’s Got a DUI”
American Myth is the follow-up to her 2010 Grammy nominated debut album Cho Dependent and is Margaret’s first new music in over 6 years.
“I am extremely proud to release American Myth. This is an album of anthems and showcases my first efforts as a composer. I made it with my longtime collaborator Garrison Starr and an incredible and inspiring crew of artists. It is my glamorous and glittering tribute to family, comedy, anger, fame, gayness, grief, fat pride, love and hate. “
– Margaret Cho
All about the songs in Margaret's own words:
Fat Pussy - My fat pride anthem, which is a glorious and joyous celebration of my body and all female fatness - a love song to my fat.
Beautiful in L.A. - I have always wanted to cover this song, by the amazing Garrison Starr, and she helped me to reinvent it with her stellar production. It's got a real dark swing, bringing in the film noir history of LA into the light.
Anna Nicole - This is a wonderful collaboration with Garrison Starr and it's a requiem for Anna Nicole Smith that is as beautiful and quirky as she was. It's my version of Candle in the wind, and about the archetype of someone who is too good for this world that exists in all of us.
Gentleman Jim - I wrote this one on my own when I was in Altanta and recorded with Garrison Starr in Los Angeles. Garrison produced the track. I wanted an old fashioned country track with lap steel and a rise then a descent in the melody. It's kind of a longer 70s country fantasy song, something you could sing on Hee Haw.
Topaz - is by Edward Herda with my lyrics. I met a young sessions saxophone player in Austin named Topaz. He lived in a gold trailer and he was just perfectly a song in human form. Production again by Garrison Starr in Los Angeles.
I Wanna Kill My Rapist - I wanted to have a song that expressed cathartic rage, with the purpose of murdering the memory of sexual abuse so it stops hurting the one who remembers. It's an anthem to healing and the power of anger.
“(I Want To) Kill My Rapist”
We So Worry - I wrote this song with the wonderful artist Bitch for my parents, and they sing on it! They were extremely nervous, but they are also musicians and complete showbiz professionals so of course they did a great job. This was written and recorded in LA at Ben Lee's studio
Also available in iTunes